Judge clears the path for five witnesses to testify in Paul Manafort trial in exchange for immunity

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis also agreed to postpone the criminal trial of Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman

Published July 23, 2018 4:41PM (EDT)

Paul Manafort (Alexandria Detention Center)
Paul Manafort (Alexandria Detention Center)

A federal judge agreed to delay the criminal trial of President Donald Trump's former Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort by six days. Proceedings are now set to begin on July 31.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III postponed the start of Manafort's trial for alleged financial fraud but rejected the defense's larger request to postpone the trial until this fall. Jury selection was originally slated to kick off on Wednesday.

The judge also approved a request from prosecutors to grant immunity to five witnesses in exchange for their testimony.

The names of potential witnesses that could "use immunity" in the upcoming Manafort trial have also been unsealed. They are: James Brennan, Conor O'Brien, Donna Duggan, Cindy Laporta and Dennis Raico.

Manafort, whose bail was revoked in June, appeared in court for Monday's hearing wearing a dark green jumpsuit, according to media various reports.

His bail was revoked in June following allegations that he had reached out to potential witnesses in the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election while on house arrest.

If convicted, Manafort faces 10 years in prison.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated.

By Shira Tarlo

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